Cyberspace deal crucial
During PresidentXi Jinping’s visit to theUS, through deep, sincere and constructive talks withUS President Barack Obama, the two leaders have achieved consensus on a variety of issues, of which cyberspace is an essential one. The visit and the negotiations achieved will open a newhorizon for the two nations to strengthen cooperation in the cyberspace.
Their consensus will, first of all, lay a sound basis on global cyberspace governance. The key debate over cyberspace governance lies on how to draft rules that meet the demands of various sides, with the focus being intellectual property rights protection and crimes in the cyberspace. They reached a “common understanding” on steps to curb cyber spying, agreed that neither government would conduct nor support economic espionage in cyberspace, and promised to enhance efforts in combating cybercrime and sharing related information. These lay a solid basis for the forming of international rules in the cyberspace.
More importantly, the consensus makes it possible for the two countries to eliminate misunderstanding on cyberspace, like sources of hacking. China has always been a victim of hacking and a strong defender of cybersecurity, yet the US often blames it for attacks whose sources cannot be tracked. The two leaders have made clear that both should react to the other’s request of help in time according to their own laws and international obligations, and agreed to open a hotline on the issue.
Just like President Xi said, SinoUS cooperation benefits both while their quarrel hurts the interests of both. That applies in the cyberspace as well and their consensus on the issue is key to promoting cooperation.
Wang Chuang is a researcher in cybersecurity at CCID Think Tank, affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. the US two years ago.
For starters, the pragmatic cooperation and mutual trust between the two nations have reached a newheight, given the 49 agreements that were reached during the summit betweenXi and hisUS counterpart Barack Obama on Sept 25, which cover a variety of areas such as investment, peopleto-people exchanges, climate change and coordination in multilateral affairs.
In these agreements, China showed full respect to theUS’ interests and influence inAsia, while theUS in return welcomed more Chinese enterprises— including State-owned ones which have so far struggled to enter theUS market— to invest in the country and enjoy the favorable policies enjoyed by other foreign investors.
Besides, both governments agreed to apply the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, and mutual respect in addressing some sensitive matters, for example, the cyber security clashes which at one point put the two countries on the brink of launching sanctions. And both countries are now expected to take measures to promote cooperation on mutually identified corruption cases, a big leap for China’s ongoing anti-graft campaign.
Admittedly, someUS politicians are still reluctant to give credit to the China-proposed newmodel for major country relations, but the improving bilateral interaction proves that both countries have reached a consensus on preventing their disparities from dragging them into a global confrontation.
Huang Renwei is deputy director of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. the past decades. Bypassing the United Nations and waging more than one regional wars, Washington has sought to impose its own will on other countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, in the hope that the so-calledWestern democracy would bear fruit.
In contrast, being a staunch defender of global peace and stability, Beijing adopts a very different approach in realizing its dream. China’s participation in 600 new projects that aim to help developing countries on trade, poverty reduction, asXi announced at the UNsummits, is a proper example.
As a means of “achieving national prosperity, rejuvenation and happiness for the Chinese people”, the Chinese Dream should play a big role in fulfilling the “World Dream”, which must not be built on wars, clashes, and hegemony. Of course, it calls for positive interactions between China and other countries, the US included, to safeguard and optimize the global order.
Gao Zhikai is director of China National Association of International Studies. such as the launch of theAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank, speak louder volumes than any pointless argument. It has agreed to increase its financial contributions to theWorld Bank and other global financial institutions, after initiating 600 newprojects ranging from poverty-reduction to climate change. Such efforts epitomize the country’s commitment to peaceful development.
Jia Xiudong is a senior research fellow from the China Institute of International Studies.